Judy Garland and Gene Kelly star in this romantic musical about a sheltered young woman living in a Caribbean port who dreams of dashing pirate--and about the smitten troubadour who impersonates the pirate to win her heart.]]>
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Top Customer Reviews
The complex script is extremely witty, and both Garland and Kelly play their roles with sly and often truly neurotic humor. While the script would hold up on its own, Cole Porter's score adds considerable excitement with such standards as "Be A Clown" and "You Can Do No Wrong," as well as number of lesser-known but no less entrancing songs. The choreography, largely created by Kelly, is remarkably inventive, and director Vincent Minnelli's visuals are fascinating, rich, and often startling in their unexpected beauty.
At present The Pirate is out of print--find it if you can, for if you're a fan of "golden age" musicals, you'll call it a keeper.
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having equally fierce detractors and admirers. I'm so glad it has finally been released on DVD. It seems like I have waited forever!! I have always enjoyed this film tremendously. It is, simply, a tremendously enjoyable film. The participants in the DVD, including Liza Minnelli and John Fricke, fall all over themselves explaining why "THE PIRATE" was too stylized and too special to appeal to a mass audience in 1948. Fear not, current-day viewers, "THE PIRATE" is not a celluloid disaster-- and not nearly as inaccessable as history would lead us to believe. Gene Kelly's widow, for instance, thinks "THE PIRATE" is deserving of a deeper appreciation, and she is right on the money. When the dust from all the controversies has finally vanished, it turns out that this is one of the best films in the careers of both Kelly and Garland.
Gene Kelly actually plays two roles. He plays egotistical, womanizing actor Serafin in the style of John Barrymore. Serafin calls all woman "Nina." But his womanizing ways abruptly end when he sets eyes on Manuella Alva (Judy). Manuella despises Sarafin because he is a "common actor." She is positively obsessed however, with legendary pirate Mack The Black Macoco, famous throughout the Carribbean for his daring and adventurous exploits.Read more ›
Currently out of print on VHS and yet to be released on DVD. It is airing on TCM as I write this review (1/1/03). The original soundtrack was released on CD years ago (now out of print), and several songs are available on a few Garland compilation albums from Turner/Rhino.
"The Pirate" is a brilliant parody. Gene Kelly and Judy Garland make fun of the romantic couple in every classic Hollywood adventure movie a la "Captain Blood" etc. They're absolutely hilarious. As a team they were never better. But their solo performances are marvelous, too. Garland is in good voice for numbers like "Mack the Black", "Be a Clown" (with Kelly) or "Love of my Life". Kelly shines in elaborately choreographed numbers like his Pirate-Ballet and "Nina", one of Cole Porter's funniest songs.
The costumes and sets are simply wonderful to look at.
All in all this movie is very enjoyable - as a musical and as a parody. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this movie! Judy Garland and Gene Kelly have amazing chemistry. Judy sings beautifully and Gene looks gorgeous dancing (and in his suave mustace haha). The music is great. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although the film has beautiful technicolor and lush scenery, it's real attraction are the musical numbers staged by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elvin Ortiz
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